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Sunday 22 October 2017

Jeanie Johnston enters dry dock to get her ship shape

This is the Jeanie Johnston famine ship as she undergoes preparations for an overhaul that should see her seaworthy for many years to come.

Now in dry dock in Dublin Port, the replica famine craft is being hosed down to expose her hull so that a major inspection of every plank and nail can commence.

And before she is brought back to her home on Custom House Quay the floating museum will get a new coat of paint to protect her from the elements.

The popular nautical attraction a was towed away from the quays on Tuesday night but had to wait for a tide on Thursday to actually enter dry dock.

"The main job now is power- hosing her down to strip away the dirt on the hull so we can get a good look at her while she is out of the water," said John O'Neill, general manager of the tall ship and famine museum.

"The ship has to be inspected every few years so when she is out of the water we like to do as much as we can to expose and fix issues that we can't usually see when she is in the water," he added.

The wooden-hull ship is an authentic replica, built in Tralee, Co Kerry, of the original Jeanie Johnston which was built in Quebec, Canada in 1847.

The original vessel made 16 emigrant journeys to North America between 1847 and 1855.

In total she carried over 2,500 people with no loss of life.

The replica Jeanie has sailed to North America and to various points in Europe, and the tour of the beautiful ship is one of Dublin's most popular attractions.

"This is the right time of year to carry out this work because the main tourism season is over and it is a quieter time, so it affects less people," said John.

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